John Hewson

John Hewson is Chair of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute and the former leader of the Federal opposition. Since then he has run his own investment banking business and served on the boards of several businesses and charities. He has also worked as an economist for the Australian Treasury, the Reserve Bank and the International Monetary Fund, as well as working as an advisor to two successive Federal Treasurers and the Prime Minister.

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  • [Budget Forum 2021] This Was an Election Budget on Steroids, 17 May 2021
  • Budget Courage Needed to Sustain Recovery, 29 Apr 2021
  • With Meagre JobSeeker Increase, Morrison Government Continues to Show No Shame, 08 Mar 2021
  • [Budget Forum 2020] Talk of Aspiration Is Not Borne Out in Federal Budget Papers, 15 Oct 2020
  • [Budget Forum 2020] Heroic Assumptions in Budget Omit One Major Threat: A Global Debt Crunch, 12 Oct 2020
  • [Budget Forum 2020] It’s Time to Meet Key Social Policy Challenges in COVID Recovery, 06 Oct 2020
  • Advance Australia Fair? To Recover From COVID, Reset Social Policy, 03 Aug 2020
  • Take It From One Who’s Been Burnt Attempting Tax Reform: Now’s the Time to Try Again, 26 Jun 2020
  • Snap Back to What? We Need a Steady March to Reform – and a Broader Tax Base, 14 Apr 2020
  • The Need for Better Scrutiny of Government Spending, 04 Mar 2020
  • Increase in Newstart Allowance Long Overdue, 31 Jan 2019
  • Australia, as Designed in the 1890s, Is Past Its Use-By Date, 11 Jan 2019
  • Budget Forum 2018: Risks Greater Than I Can Recall in My Working Life, 14 May 2018
  • Budget Forum 2018: A Political Budget Unlikely to Work Politically, 07 May 2018
  • If Politicians Can’t Reform Tax System, We Need an Authority That Can, 05 Mar 2018
  • Malcolm Turnbull’s Only Salvation Is True Tax Reform, 06 Dec 2017
  • Pork-Barrel Projects Are a Billion-Dollar Drain on the Public Purse, 10 Aug 2017
  • Broader GST Better Than Myriad Tax Increases, 04 Aug 2017
  • Budget Forum 2017: Federal Budget Is Politically Pragmatic But Economically Risky, 15 May 2017
  • Budget Forum 2017: The Budget Is Too Important to Be Hijacked by Clever Politics, 08 May 2017
  • Budget Forum 2016: Budget Repair, Climate Risks and Global Concerns All Ignored in this Conflicted Effort, 04 May 2016
  • State Income Tax: Genius of Foolishness, 04 Apr 2016
  • Tax Thought Bubbles: No Real Reform, 01 Apr 2016
  • Malcolm Turnbull’s Taxing Times, 11 Feb 2016
  • Genuine Tax Reform for Australia?, 10 Dec 2015